Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

recrudesce

Definition:(verb) To break out anew or come into renewed activity, as after a period of quiescence.
Synonyms:develop, break
Usage: These political movements recrudesce from time to time.
Article of the Day

The Sari

Worn chiefly in India and Pakistan, a sari is a woman's outer garment consisting of a length of lightweight cloth about 3 ft (1 m) wide and up to 30 ft (9 m) long. It is commonly worn with one end wrapped around the waist to form a skirt and the other draped over the shoulder or covering the head, but the way saris are draped as well as their fabrics, weaving styles, and motifs vary from region to region. What is the short-sleeved, midriff-baring blouse that is worn under the sari called? More...
This Day in History

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Is Excommunicated (1227)

Prior to being excommunicated the first of several times, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II had planned to go on a crusade. However, an epidemic waylaid him and a large part of his army, delaying the conquest. As a result, he was excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX. He eventually went on the postponed crusade and became king of Jerusalem. With Italy as the center of his power, Frederick, a religious skeptic, was in frequent conflict with the papacy. Frederick wrote the first book on what subject? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Autry (1907)

Probably the most successful "singing cowboy" in American film, Autry began performing on the radio during the 1920s in Oklahoma. He moved to Hollywood in the early 30s and went on to star in nearly 100 films, becoming America's top Western star from 1937 to 1943. He usually played a singing hero astride his famous horse, Champion. He wrote and recorded hundreds of songs, including his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again." What well-known Christmas song was Autry's biggest hit? More...
Quotation of the Day
Don't let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck: can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

let it slip

To accidentally or inadvertently reveal a given secret or important piece of information. More...
Today's Holiday

State Fair of Texas (2017)

Not surprisingly, the State Fair of Texas is one of the nation's biggest state fairs, claiming more than three million visitors to the 200-acre Fair Park in Dallas. The fair began in 1887, and in 1952 Big Tex, its symbol of bigness, arrived. Big Tex is a 52-foot-tall cowboy with a 30-foot chest and 7'8" biceps, wearing a five-foot-high, 75-gallon cowboy hat. The cowboy stands in the middle of the fairgrounds booming out welcomes and announcements. Among fair events are a college football game, concerts, and parades. More...
In the News

Smokers' Kids Miss More School

Researchers say kids who live with parents who smoke miss more school days than those who live in smoke-free environments. On average, children who lived with one or two smokers missed one to one and a half extra school days per year in 2005 and also had higher reported rates of ear infections and chest colds, two conditions that have been linked to secondhand smoke exposure. While the additional missed school time may seem trivial, it takes a financial toll on working parents who have to stay home with their sick children. In 2005, the extra school absences cost smoking parents up to $176 million in lost wages. More...
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